Female politicians are totally terrifying! Not only can they start bleeding wildly out of any orifice at any time (That's a medical fact, right, Donald Trump? Can we get Dr. Ben Carson on this?) but they’re also emotionally unstable banshees incapable of rational thought or reason. But don’t take my hormonal word for it—T.I., noted non-politician and man™, has delivered the final word on female instability. Because while T.I. is more than happy to uncritically hand over the reins of an entire racial history and culturally specific sound to an Australian white girl, there’s no way he’s just going to sit back and watch Hillary Clinton’s ovaries dictate major foreign policy.
In a Tuesday morning radio interview, the producer/rapper/aspiring pundit/automatic weapons collector confessed to fellow political mastermind DJ Whoo Kid, “Not to be sexist but, I can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman... Just because, every other position that exists, I think a woman could do well. But the president? It’s kinda like, I just know that women make rash decisions emotionally–they make very permanent, cemented decisions–and then later, it’s kind of like it didn’t happen, or they didn’t mean for it to happen.” Rash decisions...like pissing off the entire hip-hop community to defend your latest cash cow, or like publicly disavowing that professional relationship, only to immediately turn around and pretend “like it didn’t happen”?
While obviously not ruled by the tyrannical moon cycles, T.I.’s own logical capacities appear to be slightly impaired. From flip-flopping on Iggy Azalea to effectively comparing the former Secretary of State to a particularly malicious girlfriend with short-term memory loss, the rapper is giving the unfortunately uncharismatic Hillary a run for her unlikable money. And in the grand tradition of mansplaining, he just couldn’t refrain from expanding on his original point: “I sure would hate to just set off a nuke,” he continued, “[Other leaders] will not be able to negotiate the right kinds of foreign policy; the world ain’t ready yet. I think you might be able to get the Lochness Monster elected before you could [get a woman].”
T.I. (’s PR team) quickly apologized for the ill-informed remarks on Twitter, insisting, “My comments about women running for president were unequivocally insensitive and wrong. I sincerely apologize to everyone I offended.” PC apology generator aside, T.I.’s dumb misogyny (and even less explicable admiration for Donald Trump) is our new least favorite thing about the noted Iggy Azalea apologist.
Plus, T.I. isn’t exactly a moral authority. The man formerly known as Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. has been arrested and imprisoned several times, most notably on October 13, 2007, after he tried to purchase illegal guns from an undercover Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent as part of a sting operation. T.I. was found in possession of three unregistered automatic machine guns and two silencers (felony No. 1), and was in possession of firearms as a convicted felon (felony No. 2). He was sentenced to nine months in prison, and photos of his completely insane arsenal later went viral.
“An attempt was made on my life, and the life of a friend [Philant Johnson] was taken. Those people had never been brought to justice,” T.I. explained to The Daily Beast. “They were still out there and I was getting anonymous threats. They were identifying themselves as the ones who initiated that first attack, saying, ‘We’re going to finish the job … We know where you live,’ so I was advised by my security to upgrade the equipment.”
In other news, who wants to join me in starting an all-female Mars colony where T.I. doesn’t get to disparage female politicians, Meryl Streep is just automatically assumed to be a feminist, and Justin Bieber isn’t a respected authority on fetal rights and female reproduction? Ladies?!